Scottish Renewables indicates that Scotland’s local authorities are challenged with the planning process, which will make the country fail to actualize its climate change strategies. The company identified a reduction in the number of planners in the Scotland councils amid the increased number of applications that must be procured for the country to meet the net-zero objectives before the end of three decades.
The UK has to maximize the amount of renewable electricity coming out of the upcoming projects and strategies to address the climate change objectives that it agreed to in the Glasgow agreement on climate change. Scotland’s planning system is vital in the implementation of renewable energy programs since it directs the entire process.
The CEO of Scottish Renewables, Clair Mack, explained that the statistics indicate the level of unpreparedness on Scotland’s local authorities to handle the incoming consents that will oversee the development of clean energy infrastructure. She termed this problem an unfathomable challenge that the authorities must deal with before the situation becomes worse.
Mack outlined that the Scotland government’s agreement to the climate change strategies must resonate with its efforts to achieve net-zero emission targets. She explained that Scotland requires affordable energy and a concise planning system that will oversee renewable energy programs and other resolute projects to meet the net-zero emission goal.
Mack observed that Scotland’s local authorities have frequently been copying the planning systems of other regions instead of focusing on developing its own that is reliable, efficient, and affordable. Additionally, the executive advises the authorities to admit if they can’t fulfill the planning process and give space to people endowed with skills to handle these responsibilities.
Scotland has the task of generating 134 gigawatts of renewable energy to achieve the targets set before 2045. This quantity is equal to ten times the current supply. Therefore, the local authorities must hasten the process of granting the proposals to meet the set’s demands in time.
Scottish Renewables has advised the government to implement a system that will ensure only the feasible projects that arrive at net-zero emissions are implemented. The transition to clean energy will require wind and solar farms, hydropower systems, transmission connections, and heating networks to brag about economic and environmental advantages.
Finally, all the energy industry stakeholders must channel their efforts towards the projects to prevent the challenges that arise from poor integration. Every company and agency must dedicate itself to support net-zero emission programs in Scotland.